When does maladaptive daydreaming begin?

When you come across the term maladaptive daydreaming disorder for the first time and suddenly realise you aren’t alone and you’re not the only crazy person who has a whole fantasy life in their head, it’s natural to wonder why your brain is wired this way. When did it start? What caused it? And wasContinue reading “When does maladaptive daydreaming begin?”

Daydreaming triggers

Most of us have certain triggers that will throw us straight into a daydream without giving us time to decide whether we want to or not. If you want to have more control over your daydreams, or you want to cut down on the amount of time you spend daydreaming, you might be wondering whetherContinue reading “Daydreaming triggers”

What would you be most afraid of losing if you gave up daydreaming?

Maladaptive daydreamers often think that life would be better if they could stop daydreaming. I’m not convinced that it’s possible to stop completely, because our brains are wired to think in this way; we don’t have the same thought patterns as normative daydreamers. But there is another reason why many maladaptive daydreamers find it difficultContinue reading “What would you be most afraid of losing if you gave up daydreaming?”

Daydreaming to escape the discomfort of unmet needs

Although I currently classify myself as an immersive daydreamer, because I have reasonable control over my daydreaming and I’m using it as a force for good in my life, there have been times when my daydreaming has got out of control and become more maladaptive than immersive. If you’re constantly at the maladaptive end ofContinue reading “Daydreaming to escape the discomfort of unmet needs”

Understanding the root cause of maladaptive daydreaming

There are two components to Maladaptive Daydreaming Disorder (MaDD) – firstly, you have an innate capacity for immersive daydreaming, and secondly you have lost control of that ability, such that your daydreaming has become an addictive behaviour that negatively affects your life. I have yet to come across anyone who explains addiction better than DrContinue reading “Understanding the root cause of maladaptive daydreaming”